Vialli said in his programme notes: “If we show spirit and determination I’m sure no one can beat us.” He wasn’t wrong.

This was a five star performance with the Blues showing a level of commitment that has been missing for many games. Also notable was the presence of Dennis Wise in the holding position at the expense of Didier Deschamps who has had a poor season.

For the first 45 minutes Liverpool were thoroughly outplayed and the two goals by Weah and Di Matteo were as good as any as you will see all season.

The second half saw Liverpool throw on all four of their strikers but with the Blues reverting to a back five, Leboeuf, Desailly and Thome comfortably soaked up the pressure.

Heskey in particular became frustrated at his lack of opportunities and went down more dramatically than Chelsea Village shares.

I just wish the players had shown this level of commitment throughout the season against the lesser teams. Their inability to do so will cost us £15 million in Champion’s League windfalls.

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